Charges could be upgraded for suspected drug dealer

Posted at 11:17 AM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 23:57:42-04

The Woodway Public Safety Dept. arrested a suspected drug dealer on Monday in connection to the death of a 28-year-old man in June of 2015.

Clarence Posey is accused of providing heroin to Christopher L. Shearer shortly before his death. 

According to Woodway Public Safety, on June 28 officers initially responded to a heroin overdose call in the 8900 block of Fox Hollow Dr. in Woodway around 4 a.m. and found Shearer unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene after failed resuscitation attempts.

The Woodway Public Safety Dept. said they linked Posey as the suspect from witnesses and cell phone records. 

"Every case to us is important and this particular case is somebody who provided heroin, alleged of providing heroin, which caused the death. We take every case seriously, particularly when you cause the death of someone," said Woodway Public Safety Director Yost Zakhary.

Posey was arrested on charges of delivery of less than one gram of a substance in penalty group one.

"This charge is less than one gram, which a state jail felony [punishable to up to two years] but because it caused a death, it can be enhanced to a third degree felony," said Zakhary. "

The department plans to continue cooperating with McLennan District Attorney's Office to upgrade Posey's charge to a third degree felony, which could be punishable to up 10 years in prison. 

The cause of death in Shearer's autopsy was listed in an arrest affidavit as toxic effects of heroin and ethanol.

At this time, the Woodway Public Safety Department doesn't believe there will be additional arrests in connection to this case. 

Waco Police said Posey had been investigated for distribution of heroin in the past, according to an arrest affidavit. 

According to Woodway Public Safety, investigators have noticed an increase in the use of heroin in McLennan County. They believe low cost, availability and accessibility.

News Channel 25's Estephany Escobar contributed to this story.

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